Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birchbox for CEW Limited Edition Boxes

CEW is a community defining the future of beauty.  Every year the organization gathers their 6000 members to highlight the year's best and brightest.  As they did last year, Birchbox is again featuring some of CEW 2014 favorite products in two Limited Edition Boxes.  The first box is full of Prestige headliners; some of CEW's favorite all-star products.  The second box is the mass appeal box, packed with best-in class products.

The Prestige Headliners box features 5 high-end products and two lifestyle extras.

Creamy Nail Polish in Cloud, 100% Pure - This 5-free polish offers luscious, chip-free color without harmful chemicals.  Retails for $12.00 (full size received)

Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recover After-Sun Lotion, COOLA - Rich in organic hydrators, this replenishing lotion instantly takes the sting out of sunburn and heals dry skin.  Retails for $32/6 oz (.5 oz received)

Brillant Glossing Creme, Fekkai - The fab-smelling cream leaves hair brilliantly shiny and frizz-free.  A pea-sized drop is all you need. Retails for $19.99/4 oz (2 oz received)

100% Pure Argan Oil Light, Josie Maran - Sources from Morocco, this 100% organic oil feels ultra lightweight and soothes everything.  Retails for $48/1.7 oz (.16 oz received)

Miracle Worker Overnight, Philosophy -  This powerhouse moisturizer has a blend of marine algae, peptides and vitamin C to fight the signs of aging while you sleep.  Retails for $68/2 oz (.4 oz received)

Lifestyle Extras: Pocket Mirror, Toe Separators

The mass appeal features 6 drugstore products.

100% Natural Lip Gloss in Spring Splendor, Burt's Bees - The nourishing gloss offers pearly-pink color and shine, courtesy of all-natural ingredients. Retails $8.99 (full size received)

Go Fresh Restore Body Wash, Dove - This gentle cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and revitalized, with a fruity scent that'll perk you right up. Retails $5.49/22 oz (1.8 oz received)

Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, L'Oreal Paris - A silk formula, paired with a breakthrough volumizing brush, makes for gorgeously thick, winged-out lashes. Retails $8.40 (full size received)

Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, Simple - Gentle enough for sensitive skin, this oil-free, vitamin-rich hydrator creates a lightweight shield against UVA and UVB rays. Retails $12.99/4.2 oz (full size received)

Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum, TRESemme - This light weigh formula fights frizz for salon-rivaling sleekness and shine. $5.99/3.3 oz (full size received)

Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, Vaseline - Adorable packaging aside, the balm deeply moisturizes lips and adds a lovely rose tint. $1.77/.25 oz (full size received)

The Prestige Box sells for $18 through Birchbox and is approximately a $43 value.  The Mass Appeal box sells for $15 through Birchbox and is approximately a $38 value.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Favorite Face Masks

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I am obsessed with face masks. I use one at least 3-4 times a week.  They are great way to treat your skin and target certain issues without changing up too much of your skincare routine.  Because I use them so often, I have a bunch that I switch out based on what my skin needs.   I mainly use masks to control and treat acne, for extra hydration and to detoxify my skin.  Here are some of my favorites.

1. Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, REN - I eyed this mask for a while, read reviews and saw it just about everywhere before I made the plunge and bought it.  I like to use this when my skin feels dull and congested.  It has a four-fruit acid complex (lactic, glycolic, tartaric, and citric) and papain enzyme that gently exfoliates your skin leaving it glowing and healthy.  No matter what my skin is doing, this just makes it better.

2. Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Mask, June Jacobs - This is a fantastic mask when I need to exfoliate my skin. It is said to "digest dead surface cells" and that is exactly what it does.  My skin ends up so soft and smooth after using.  

3. SuperMud Clearing Treatment, GlamGlow - This is probably one of the best skin clearing masks I have used.  When my skin is in bad shape, I like to use this a couple times a week and then drop that down to every other week to maintain.  It works extremely well to combat oil and clear skin.

4Luminizing Black Mask, Boscia - This is another mask that I like to use when my skin is feeling dull and congested, yet this works a bit differently.  This is a peel off mask that looks (and feels) almost like black Elmer's glue.  You spread it onto your skin, and wait for it to completely dry.  Then you peel it off and any dead skin and surface congestion just kind of peels off with it.  Think of it as a giant Biore strip for your face. 

5. Tea Tree Face Mask, The Body Shop - Tea Tree oil is great for acne prone skin.  It is a natural antiseptic and calms red spots.  This mask gives an extra dose of tea tree over spot treating with an oil.

6. Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, Origins - This is a great quick 10 minute does of hydration.  I like to use this about once a week to keep my skin moisturized and soft.  Its also great when my skin is a little extra dry to rid of any dry spots.  I also really love the apricot scent of this.

7. ThirtsyMud Hydrating Treatment, GlamGlow - Another fantastic hydrating mask, this can heal my skin when its at its absolute driest   I slather it on and can either tissue it off after 10 to 20 minutes, or sleep in it overnight for smooth hydrated skin.

8. Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, Origins - This is a must have for my acne prone skin.  It  contains sulfur which helps the body create collagen (which makes your skin younger looking) and calms red irritated skin.  It also contains zinc oxide which heals and repairs damaged cell tissues and heal wounds.  My skin instantly looks better after using this.  It is a great less expensive alternative to the SuperMud.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Lusts

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1. Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in MuseHourglass - I have been obsessed with Liquid Lipsticks lately and have heard so many good things about Hourglass lip products.  This color is beautiful.

2. Instant Texture Mist, Living Proof - I love using texturizing sprays to add texture and volume to my hair.  I really like Living Proof products and I especially like that this is a misting pump so to not add to much product.

3. Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue, Atelier Cologne - I haven't actually smelled this but I am dying to. I have really wanted to try an Atelier Cologne scent and since I love blood orange I thought this would be a perfect little spray to sample.  

4. Cityswept Finishing Spray, Bumble and Bumble - I don't really like waxy pomades so I like that this is a spray balm to hold your style in place.

5. Fusion Ink Foundation, Yves Saint Laurent - I love YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, so I am eager to try some of their other foundations.  This one is brand new and said to light weight high coverage.

6. Marchive Clutch, Marc By Marc Jacobs - One thing that I don't have a lot of are clutches, especially a black clutch.  I saw this in Nordstrom over the weekend and it is a great size yet not to bulky.  

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